As part of the Ohio Arts Council (OAC), the OAC Riffe Gallery exists to extend the mission and vision of the agency through offering quality arts experiences that celebrate the extraordinary and vast talents of Ohio’s professional artists.
This Call for Curatorial Proposals—the first of its kind for the OAC Riffe Gallery—seeks to create a model that can expand the opportunities, impact, equity, and reach of Ohio’s curatorial voices.
Proposals will be evaluated on 1) strength of concept and uniqueness, 2) alignment to the goal of highlighting and celebrating the vast talents of Ohio’s professional artists, 3) adherence to the guidelines, and 4) the curator’s comparable experience.
Proposals should highlight the immense talent of Ohio’s professional artists through a conceptually strong perspective, focusing on an intersectional group of artists who are geographically diverse within Ohio. As you write your proposal, consider organizing your ideas by focusing on a particular media, topic, concept, theme, practice, or shared experience. Twenty percent of the final selection of exhibiting artists must be OAC Individual Excellence Award recipients.
Selected curators will work with the OAC Riffe Gallery director to execute a 10-week exhibition in the OAC Riffe Gallery during the 2024 calendar year. Selected curators will be supported with regular check- ins for deliverables; guidance on final selections; and discourse regarding layout, programming, etc. In addition, the selected curator or curatorial team will be awarded a $3,500 honorarium.
The OAC Riffe Gallery is a 4,000-sq.-ft. exhibition space located on the first floor of the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts in downtown Columbus—directly across from the Statehouse. The OAC Riffe Gallery hosts four exhibitions per calendar year. All exhibitions are free and open to the public, welcoming visitors ranging from the youngest to the eldest among us.
Ten to 16 artists must be represented in the exhibition.
When considered overall, the group of exhibiting artists must:
Individual Excellence Award recipients:
The OAC Riffe Gallery recognizes that much of the curatorial role will be fulfilled within the curatorial timeline once submissions are selected. As such, your proposal is understood to be a working plan. We realize some things may change within the course of exhibition preparation to further meet guidelines and/or support the concepts and core tenets of the exhibition.
Please provide the following through this link: https://form.jotform.com/OAC_RiffeGallery/call-for-curatorial-proposals
Submit a proposal
Riffe Gallery Hours:
November 3 - January 7
Wed., Thurs., Fri.
Noon - 5 p.m.
Hours subject to change based on CDC and state guidelines. Closed for all state holidays.
All programming remains free and online unless otherwise noted. Please prepare to follow all Vern Riffe Center for Government & the Arts guidelines for masks and social distancing.
Vern Riffe Center for Government & the Arts, First Floor Lobby
77 S. High St, Columbus, Ohio 43215-3414
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